Vaughan Memorial Library

Acadia Reads

The Acadia Reads initiative encourages the Acadia community to share their love of books by reading Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl and participating in programming surrounding the book.

Programming & Events Schedule

How did we decide whose story to tell? The Campus Community voted for the book that Acadia Reads from a short-list. The closing date for voting was April 20th, 2017 at midnight.

Programming & Events

Sex Talk - Sex is for EveryBODY

October 25th, 6:00pm @ Quiet Reading Room

Join Tessa & Max Janes, educators from Valley Vixen Books & Toys. Drawing on themes from the book they will chat about how pleasure is for ALL body types.

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Multi-disciplinary Panel & Discussion

November 20th, 6:30pm @ Axe Bar & Grill 

Discover how 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl stimulates a variety of perspectives and responses through the lens of each panelist's discipline.

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Body Image and Art with Emily Clark

December 4th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm @ Quiet Reading Room

Explore personal identity and body image through the use of creative writing and a variety of art techniques.

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Documentary Screening of The Illusionists

January 16th, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm @ Quiet Reading Room of the Vaughan Memorial Library.

A documentary on the disturbing and sometimes hilarious activities of the beauty industry and its impact upon consumer insecurity.

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Upcoming Event

Author Reading & Presentation

March 7th, 7:00pm @ K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Join Mona Awad for a book reading and signing of her debut novel 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl. Her novel is the winner of the best first novel award, is shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and long-listed for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Contest Winner

The winner of both the Amazon gift-card and a book from the short-list is Jennifer Oakley.


Jennifer is graduating this year with a degree in Biology and has chosen Birdie by Tracey Lindberg.


Ann Smith (University Librarian, Acting) presents Jessica Oakley with her Acadia Reads prize.

Selection Committee

Jeff Hennessy - Dean of Arts, Interim
Brianna Jarvin - ASU Vice-President Academic 2016-17
Abu Kamara - Coordinator Accessible Learning Services
Maggie Nielsen - Librarian in Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Anthony Pash - Librarian in Professional Studies & Faculty of Theology
Erin Patterson - Librarian in Faculty of Arts
Ann Smith (Chair) - University Librarian, Acting
Britanie Wentzell - Librarian in Faculty of Arts & Faculty of Professional Studies
Peter Williams - Professor of Physics